Swan Lake Production at the Royal Swedish Opera

3 Popular Theater Acts About Birds

August 20, 2017 nsplays 0

Have you been scoping in the wild? If you enjoy observing birds in their natural habitat, I’m sure you’ll love watching birds in a different environment too, such as the theater stage.

Well, I’m not talking about actual birds, but the following theater acts will be appreciated by bird lovers, even if there aren’t any real birds.

The Birds

Language: Greek

Type of Theatre Act: Play

A performance of the play Birds by Aristophanes

This play written by Aristophanes was performed in 414 BC at the City Dionysia where it became popular and bagged second place in the contest.

It is a comedy play lauded by modern critics for its remarkable mimicry of birds and cheerful songs.

Although the author is known to include the Peloponnesian War in his previous plays, this theater act doesn’t involve any of it. It doesn’t refer much to Athenian politics as well. It’s a great example of old comedy representing social life.

In his “Study of History,” Arnold Joseph Toynbee, a British historian and philosophy of history, presented similarities between the play and the New Testament of the Bible.

The Blue Bird

Language: French

Type of Theater Act: Play

This story written by Belgian playwright and poet Maurice Maeterlinck in 1908 is one famous play and its various films, and TV series adaptations are the evidence.

The play revolves around a girl named Mytyl and her brother Tyltyl who are both seeking happiness, which was represented by The Blue Bird of Happiness, with the help of the kind fairy Bérylune.

The play has been adapted for a novel, for a Japanese animated TV series, for a radio play, for an opera, and for six films.

Swan Lake

Type of Theater Act: Dance (Ballet)

Swan Lake Production at the Royal Swedish Opera

Probably the most famous of classical ballets, “Swan Lake” was composed in 1875 by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, a Russian composer.

It was first performed at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in 1877, but it did not receive much praise during the time.

However, when Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov modified the choreography in 1895 for their performance in St. Petersburg, it gained popularity.

The play also made its American debut in 1940 when the San Francisco Ballet performed it.

Clearly, “Swan Lake” is about the fight between good and evil.